Akea – The Power of Destiny
Akea is born into a family of sled dogs and a life that follows a predictable path, but from the day she first sees the lone wolf, Kazakh, Akea knows her future lies beyond the safety of her home. Kazakh is well aware of Akea’s destiny and the pack laws he will break to help her reach it. Regardless of the challenges ahead, he must make sure this young husky will be ready, even if it means his life.
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I was very kindly asked by Rachel’s Random Resources to read and review this children’s book – Akea – The Power of Destiny. I do enjoy reading children’s books, they have a different approach and I enjoy sharing them with my own children.
The story is based around a young husky named Akea, who comes into this world with one job to do and that is to work as a sleigh dog. As the story continues she finds out secrets about her family and were her roots are. Her father and Kazakh; a lone wolf, know something is different about Akea, but they won’t tell her what she needs to know, unless she makes a move to question why.
Her adventure takes on many forms and she meets many different characters good and bad in her journey to find out, what she should be doing with her future. In her journey she has to learn very quickly how to fight and be strong, learning from others. To be accepted is a hard lesson for Akea to learn and she tries her best to understand, only to fall at the first hurdle due to family disagreements, the pack have many problems that need resolving, before Akea can become part of their family.
There are some very sad points in this story that did bring a tear to my eye and I can imagine it to be quite true, how sledge dogs are bred and trained to pull the sledges, not always in a positive way.
As Akea finds out more truths, she becomes stronger and knows what her role is within the pack and how she must deal with any that stand in her way. At this point of the story, you are reading quicker to see what happens next, the story is very well told and kept me gripped until the end!
The final ending definitely made me cry for joy, I was very pleased how it all came together. I’m personally a bit soft, when it comes to animal stories and this one provided everything I would expect, from a good children’s book. Relatable characters, sad parts as life continues and a happy ending.
What surprised me the most after reading, was that this was written by such a young author, with this type of talent Elizabeth Jade is looking towards a bright future!
Regardless of this book being aimed at 8-12 year olds, it is definitely worth reading – at any age!
Elizabeth Jade was born in North Yorkshire, England, in 1998 and moved with her family to Wellington when she was very young. Her early schooling did not go smoothly and she began home schooling at the age of 7. She stumbled into writing at the age of fourteen when she began to struggle with depression and anxiety, and quickly found her story ideas pouring out faster than she could get them onto paper. It wasn’t until the age of eighteen that she realised her struggles in school had been due to Aspergers Syndrome (an autistic spectrum disorder). She has always had a passion for animals and has volunteered at various animal rescues, so it seemed only natural that her stories would revolve around them.
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